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Meatballs with Tomato Sauce in a Bread Bowl


AKA: The Meatbowl

Nutrition per serving

kcal
1101
55% RDI
carbs
119.2 g
40% RDI
sugars
20.2 g
22% RDI
fats
39 g
60% RDI
saturates
9.8 g
49% RDI
proteins
63.4 g
138% RDI
fibers
6.8 g
27% RDI
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Meatballs are a staple of the Italian cuisine and everyone loves them. Today we want to propose a fun version of the classic dish where we bake rosemary spiced bread to a perfect crispiness and shape it into a bowl to hold a velvety tomato sauce and spongy meatballs.

Have you ever felt so hungry that you would have even eaten the plate? Well, this time you actually can 🤪! So dip in and have fun!

Ingredients


ALLERGY ADVICE: For allergens, see ingredients in bold

NameQuantity
Round Bread Loaf450 g
Extra Virgin Olive Oil3 tbsp
Rosemary1 tsp
Beef Mince250 g
Oregano1 tsp
Basil1 tsp
Parsley1 tsp
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Eggs1 unit
Parmesan2 tbsp
Garlic Clove1 unit
Tomato Sauce320 g
Chillies1 tsp

Ingredients


ALLERGY ADVICE: For allergens, see ingredients in bold

NameQuantity
Round Bread Loaf450 g
Extra Virgin Olive Oil3 tbsp
Rosemary1 tsp
Beef Mince250 g
Oregano1 tsp
Basil1 tsp
Parsley1 tsp
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Eggs1 unit
Parmesan2 tbsp
Garlic Clove1 unit
Tomato Sauce320 g
Chillies1 tsp
step 1
mark as done

Place the loaf flat on a cutting board and slice it in half to make two bowls as shown in the picture. Using your hands remove the breadcrumbs to carve a deep bowl. Set the breadcrumbs aside. Using a brush rub 1 tbsp of oil over the top and the bottom of the bowls and sprinkle with rosemary. Heat the oven to 200°C and bake the bread for about 10-15 minutes or until it becomes crisp and hard.

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step 2
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In the meantime, in a mixing bowl soak the breadcrumbs in a bit of water for 5 minutes. Then prepare the meatballs by adding the beef mince, oregano, basil, parsley, salt, pepper, parmesan and eggs. Mix and work the ingredients until they are well combined. Pinch a bit of dough and using the palm of your hands roll it into a small ball.

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step 3
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In a large saucepan, heat 2 tbsp of oil with a sliced or crushed garlic and chillies for about 3-5 minutes or until the garlic turns lightly golden. Add the tomato sauce and the meatballs. With the lid on, gently simmer for 15 minutes.

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step 4
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To each bowl of crispy bread add the meatballs and tomato sauce. The bowl will hold the sauce and serve as a plate for the meatballs, but don't forget to eat that too!

Enjoy!

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Foodacious Tips


  • Baking the bread hard and crispy is essential to prevent it from becoming soggy when you pour the sauce in.